E-2D Ad­vanced Hawk­eye ar­rives in Ja­pan

SP's MAI - - AEROSPACE DEVELOPMENTS -

Car­rier Air­borne Early Warn­ing Squadron (VAW) 125 ar­rived at Ma­rine Corps Air Sta­tion (MCAS) Iwakuni, Fe­bru­ary 2. The Tiger­tails of VAW-125 are re­liev­ing the Lib­erty Bells of VAW-115 as the early-warn­ing squadron of the US Navy’s Car­rier Air Wing (CVW) 5, sup­port­ing the USS Ron­ald Rea­gan (CVN 76) Car­rier Strike Group.

“We are ex­cited to join the For­ward De­ployed Naval Forces at Ma­rine Corps Air Sta­tion Iwakuni in the amaz­ing city of Iwakuni,” said Cmdr. Daniel Proc­hazka, VAW-125’s com­mand­ing of­fi­cer. “I would like to thank the city for its hos­pi­tal­ity and for warmly wel­com­ing us to this in­cred­i­ble place. This is my sec­ond time in the For­ward De­ployed Naval Forces. My fond mem­o­ries make me per­son­ally very thrilled to be back.”

VAW-125’s ar­rival also brings en­hanced ca­pa­bil­i­ties to the re­gion, as the squadron’s five E-2D Ad­vanced Hawk­eye air­craft pro­vide sub­stan­tial up­grades over the E-2C Hawk­eye plat­form. VAW125 is the US Navy’s first op­er­a­tional fleet squadron to utilise the E2-D. “VAW-125 is the first and most ex­pe­ri­enced E-2D squadron in the US Navy,” Proc­hazka said. “This air­craft has the most ad­vanced air­borne radar in the world, and the peo­ple who fix and fly it are the best in the US Navy.” Among the im­prove­ments in the E-2D are an all-new elec­tron­ics suite, en­hanced tur­bo­prop en­gines, mod­ern­ized com­mu­ni­ca­tions, and up­grade po­ten­tial for mid-air re­fu­elling ca­pa­bil­i­ties. The US Navy first took de­liv­ery of the E-2D in July of 2010 and be­gan a phased re­place­ment of the ven­er­a­ble E-2C air­craft, which has served the fleet since 1973.

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